What is Fatshion Wasteland?

To be frank, I have no idea. What I do know is that it is absolutely not Musings of a Fatshionista. When I originally started that blog in March 2009, it was all in fun. There was no direction, no purpose other than gushing about stuff that I liked and was inspired by fashion-wise. As time went on, things just weren’t as fun as they previously were. Blogging became more of a job rather than a hobby and after awhile I all but threw in the towel. Every so often I’d get a tweet or email asking if I would ever blog again and I’d always reply that I didn’t have the time. This is me making time, with a few conditions. Part of the reason I got so bored with blogging is that, after a couple of years how much more could I talk about fashion?

One of my favorite sayings comes from Keith Buckley (from one of my favorite bands Every Time I Die, who you should all check out) “It is better to destroy than to create what is meaningless.” So I did. I killed Musings and here we are almost an entire year later, now what’s next? Obviously (my) fashion will still play a major part in this blog but I can guarantee that it won’t be the only thing. It’s part fashion, part design and part experimentation. Is it possible to meld all three things together and make a cohesive and interesting blog for most, if not, all? Again, I have no idea. So bare with me, it may be a little bumpy.

If you didn’t know, I work at a digital agency and spend most of my time designing ecommerce sites and figuring out exactly what users need to have a successful experience when engaging with interactive content. It’s interesting because as we all know, I shop a lot. 98% of everything I buy is through the internet so I play both sides of the fence as the designer and the consumer. I bring that up because I’ve found that the type of sites that I’m attracted to on a visual level (not including functionality-wise) are very similar to the fashion that I’m attracted to. Right now, I’m very much trying to test the limits of minimalism in my design as well as in my wardrobe. How much stuff can I strip away before there’s nothing interesting left? Even when redesigning this blog, I removed seemingly every “blog friendly” thing I could because I found it overwhelming and garish. How much information does the user really need to enjoy this site? Will they feel weird and uncomfortable when elements are not located in places they’re used to finding them? You tell me.

There is no search bar, there’s no archives, there’s no tags, there’s no sidebar links, there’s no social media. We’re trained to share, tweet, pin, reblog everything now. Can a new site become “successful” without it? I don’t know.

But I guess we’ll see.

After talking about being so inspired by minimalism, it’s actually quite funny that the inspiration for this outfit has been the Watch the Throne-era Kanye. For some reason, there was a lot of talk about his leather Givenchy skirt worn during the Hurricane Sandy concert when he’s actually been wearing it since the WTT tour in 2011. Anyway, there’s something about the overabundance of leather (or in my case faux-leather) that’s resonating with me. How much leather is too much leather? Is that even possible? I don’t think it is. I really liked the silhouette of Kanye’s look and wanted to re-interpret it. Layering a big slouchy sweater and faux leather pleated skirt over a sheer button-up with a faux-leather collar and faux leather leggings helped me recreate the look. Ideally I wanted to wear my sneaker wedges with this look but had to settle for black lace up wedges from Target (which throws off this look IMO). I’m pretty sure this is a look that I’ll be playing around with for the rest of Winter as it does an excellent job of keeping me warm.

sheer top – new look, oversize sweater – evans, necklace – lulu’s, skirt – eloquii, leggings – new look, wedges – target, coat – simplybe